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Kitgum Clerics: MPs Divided Nation By Lifting Presidential Age Limit

According to Rev. Odong, Parliament defeated the essence of Christmas by engaging in bribery in, which billions of Shillings was spent on consultations and bribing MPs to pass the controversial bills. He urged Christians not to emulate the immoral behavior of parliament during Christmas festivities.
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Rev. Canon Robinson Oginga Odinga, the vicar of St. Janani Luwum Kitgum Town Parish has criticised parliament for passing two unpopular legislations. 

According to Reverend Oginga Odinga, it was wrong for parliament to ignore the voices of the masses and approve the lifting of the presidential age limit and also extend their tenure of service from five to seven years.

Delivering his Christmas sermon, Rev. Oginga said Parliament further violated the principle of national unity by extending their tenure of office. He urged Christians to pray and fast for forgiveness of the MPs who pushed the controversial amendments through parliaments. 

The clergy backed up his plea for national unity with a quotation from Luke Chapter 2 verses 14 in, which he said Christ came to foster unity and love among God's people.

The Vicar of All Saints Church, the seat of the Anglican diocese of Kitgum, Rev. Amitayo Odong described events in parliament as immoral. He said it was immoral for Parliament to disregard the voices of the people around Christmas.

According to Rev. Odong, Parliament defeated the essence of Christmas by engaging in bribery in, which billions of Shillings was spent on consultations and bribing MPs to pass the controversial bills. He urged Christians not to emulate the immoral behavior of parliament during Christmas festivities.

Kitgum Municipality Member of Parliament Beatrice Atim Anywar shocked the nation by voting yes to lifting of the presidential age limit against the will of her electorates who overwhelmingly rejected it during consultations. She says she changed her mind after term limits got integrated into the bill.

 

A survey conducted by civil society organizations found that 85 per cent of Ugandans didn't support the constitutional amendment, which controversially lifted the presidential age cap. The study, titled: 'Citizen's Perceptions on the Proposed Amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution' was commissioned by Citizens Coalition on Electoral Democracy (CEEDU) and Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP). 

It sampled 50,429 citizens in 80 constituencies across the country covering 22,926 females and 27,503 male respondents.